Reviewer:Eu Jeong Hwang
April 26, 2020 Subject:
Review of Dracula Hypercard Novel
Dracula Hypercard Novel is written by Braum Stoker and was published on April 14, 1995. This stack provides users a HyperCard version of the classic horror novel “Dracula”. I believe the intended user of this Hypercard stack is those who have a hobby in reading books. I believe book lovers would want a unique experience to read books on the computer. The stack is well organized and the software is well written. Through the stack, at the bottom there are buttons where we can click to go to the next page, go to the next chapter, move to the previous page or chapter, a help button, and a button where we can enter words and find the page. I recommend this stack to others if they have already read the Dracula through paper books, and want to experience reading the same book using the computer. However, I think the text on each page is really short. As a result, we have to frequently click the button where it goes to the next page which distracts the flow of the readers. So, I would recommend the designer of this HyperCard stack to put in a longer text on each page so that the readers can scroll down the page without having to frequently click the next page button.
As some one who is always interested in how technology works to incorporate previous forms of writing, especially books, I think that this is a very unique and well-done Hypercard, thus making it quite and important historical artifact. I'm someone who really values classical literature and the form of books, and to use how the affordances of the Hypercard can extend the reading experience of the novel, especially a longer and denser piece of literature, like Dracula is very interesting to me. The layout of this Hypercard is very well done, and makes reading the novel very easy, the usage of interactive table of contents, and the aesthetic cover page also add to the reading experience. This is basically the earliest version of an e-book is it not? It also would mean that someone had to type out the entirety of Dracula, kudos to you! Mary Shelley would be quite impressed.